Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

From Australian nuclear archives – lest we forget – theme for December 2016

text-from-the-archivesFor December 2016, this website will be republishing significant articles from past issues. Historic articles are interesting in themselves, but more importantly, give insight into current problems in Australia.

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Aboriginal history – and what the global nuclear industry has done to Aboriginal people is the most important issue in Australia.

It is not, however, the only issue.  The effects of the nuclear industry, in particular, of uranium mining, have not only permanently trashed some land, and threatened precious water, but have also impacted on health of white Australians , as well as black.

In Australian politics, there has been a sorry history of kow towing to the British government and nuclear industry, and to the American.

So called “Australian” companies e.g BHP Billiton ( 75% English owned) and Heathgate  (owned by USA weapons maker General Atomics) portray the false idea that nuclear is an Australian industry.

Australia had a proud history of promoting nuclear disarmament – trashed more recently in its readiness to sell uranium to India ( non signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty) and to Ukraine – a corruption basket case).

 

November 23, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, history | Leave a comment

Politics – the Trump effect – theme for November 2016

The world is still reeling from the news that Americans have elected the narcissistic and unpredictable Donald Trump. The man has spent two years blustering his way into this role. He has made dramatic and unnerving pronouncements, which he will probably not be able to carry out.

Still, the world is left with an America ruled by  a pro nuclear, climate change denying Republican government, and the  likelihood of other national governments following America in that direction.

At least, the Trump election is galvanising opposition in USA. And, very diplomatically spoken leaders such as Angela Merkel, are indicating that they will not be swayed by the climate denialist forces.

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Across the planet, national leaders with nuclear power are beholden to the nuclear industry. Even more so, when they have nuclear weapons. Also across the planet, the people are fearful of nuclear weapons, and more and more often now, opposed to nuclear power, with its dangers, its radioactive wastes, and its ever climbing costs.

The well-being of the people, particularly indigenous people, comes last,  way behind the politicians’ subservience to the defense and nuclear industries.

Still the nuclear marketing push continues, backed by political leaders, who hope that the next nuclear catastrophe won’t happen in their country, and during their term of office. That catastrophe will happen, perhaps in 40 years’ time, perhaps next week.

November 19, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes | 1 Comment

Australian nuclear politics – theme for November 2016

Across the planet, national leaders with nuclear power are beholden to the nuclear industry. Even more so, when they have nuclear weapons. Also across the planet, the people are fearful of nuclear weapons, and more and more often now, opposed to nuclear power, with its dangers, its radioactive wastes, and its ever climbing costs.

The well-being of the people, particularly indigenous people, comes last,  way behind the politicians’ subservience to the defense and nuclear industries.

Still the nuclear marketing push continues, backed by political leaders, who hope that the next nuclear catastrophe won’t happen in their country, and during their term of office. That catastrophe will happen, perhaps in 40 years’ time, perhaps next week.

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Meanwhile, Australia’s politicians play a critical part in the global  nuclear deception of the people. The Australian government led the way in attempts to vote down the United Nations move toward nuclear disarmament. Australia maintains the unnecessary Lucas heights nuclear reactor – as a foot in the door for the nuclear industry.

Right now, both Labor and Liberal politicians quietly support the extraordinary plan of South Australia’s Labor Premier Jay Weatherill, to help the nuclear industry in its determined plan to market nuclear reactors to South Asia.

This nuclear marketing cannot succeed unless the nuclear companies can promise the Asian countries that there is a solution to the highly radioactive wastes. Premier Weatherill is helping the nuclear salesmen, by promising that solution –  “you can send your highly radioactive trash to Australia”

The nuclear weapons industry is pleased, too. The waste import scheme would be the first step in making South Australia a nuclear hub – then there’ll be nuclear submarines, and no doubt yet another Australian nuclear target set up, as USA expands its military locations, with South Australia now joining in.

November 1, 2016 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes, politics | Leave a comment

Australian Politics and the Machinations of the Nuclear Lobby – theme for November 16

The global and Australian nuclear lobbies will not give up easily. So the South Australian Liberal Party came out against Labor Premier Weatherill’s nuclear waste import plan. So, amazingly, despite the pro nuke pressure, Weatherill’s Nuclear Citizens Jury pronounced a firm “NO” to the plan.

hydra-nuclearHydra, in ancient Greek mythology, was able to grow new heads, every time one head was cut off. The nuclear monster is the same.

The South Australian Labor Party postponed debate on changing the party’s nuclear policy, and of weakening or removing the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Prohibition Act South Australia was debated.

Poor doomed Premier Weatherill continues his pro nuclear push. Why? In what way is he so beholden to the nuclear industry?

The pretense continues, that this in merely a small “South Australian” matter continues.News-Limited1

But it’s a NATIONAL matter – kept well under wraps by the subservient mainstream media – especially the Murdochracy.

Lucas-wastesThe plan for the unnecessary national nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges continues, with the pretense that it’ s for “medical” wastes – when it’ sreally for intermediate level waste originating from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.  – a foot in the door for the nuclear expansion dream in South Australia?

Still – the counter movement for a nuclear free Australia is also building.  http://www.anfa.org.au/

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Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA

October 24, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, politics, South Australia | 2 Comments

Used nuclear fuel – not a “resource”, not an “asset – just garbage- theme for October 16

You’ve heard of “stranded assets”, for example – things like coal mines that are no longer economic, and the owners can’t sell them.

That’s bad enough. But what about STRANDED WASTES?  This is the horrible reality already going on in America – the land that pioneered the (?) great nuclear power industry.  They are already stuck with radioactive trash in its various forms – liquid and solid.

They’ve even got legislation to try to unravel who’s responsible for the toxic trash –  H.R.5632 – Stranded Nuclear Waste Accountability Act of 2016

The nuclear lobby bravely puts up its latest gimmicky ideas for nuclear reactors that should “eat the wastes” . But even those reactors would still leave highly toxic radioactive trash, and the experiments in nuclear reprocessing are turning out to be super expensive duds, such as Japan’s Monju project.

Why on earth would we keep on making radioactive trash, in view of this pressing problem?

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October 8, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, wastes | 1 Comment

Australia could be stuck with STRANDED NUCLEAR WASTES- theme for October 2016

Australia is in the unique position of being the only country in the world planning to invite in NUCLEAR WASTES.     Thus Australia invites in the very real prospect of being landed with STRANDED WASTES.

The South Australian Nuclear Royal Commission’s idea is to import containers of high level wastes, that will sit somewhere for many decades, before the touted nuclear waste facility is even built.

Then when something goes wrong with that massive planned facility, and the nuclear companies go bust, and the facility doesn’t even get built –  South Australia will have masses of dirty great containers of radioactive trash –  with nowhere for it to go –  (and no more money in sight)

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September 24, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, South Australia, wastes | 1 Comment

NUCLEAR’s WHOPPING CLIMATE LIE – theme for September 2016

goebbels-josephIf you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth ”

Dr Goebbels would be delighted with the nuclear lobby’s lie that nuclear power is zero carbon and will fix climate change. He would be even more delighted with the current success of this lie.

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

The failing nuclear industry is fighting for its life. It now pitches its salvation on its claim to halt climate change.

Even if  that were true (which it isn’t) the world would have to construct several thousand ‘conventional’marketing-pigs-trough reactors, or several millions of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) very quickly, within a decade or two.

How is it that politicians , media, academics have swallowed this lie?

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September 24, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | 6 Comments

Nuclear power as climate treatment – a cure worse than the disease – theme for September 16

Let’s pretend that nuclear power is really “zero carbon” (which it isn’t)

Let’s pretend that thousands of “conventional” nuclear reactors, or millions of little geewhiz new Small Modular Nuclear Reactors could be set up within just  a few years, in time to be effective against climate change ( we know they would take from about 70 years at the earliest)

Do we need a dirty,  dangerous, unsafe, land and water polluting industry as an environmental cure?

(Especially when clean renewable energy and energy efficiency can be set up quickly)

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Australia must not fall for the nuclear industry’s lie about climate change – theme for September 16

The global nuclear lobby’s current favourite lie is the one about climate change

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Australia will be greatly impacted by climate change, yet Australia is an international pariah when it comes to acting to stop climate change.

Compounding this problem is the global nuclear lobby’s push to make Australia the key player in  a new ‘nuclear renaissance’. The plan is to encourage South Asian nations to set up nuclear power, with South Australia as their toilet for nuclear wastes.

The last thing that we need is to direct money and energy to the nuclear industry, and away from renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 

August 31, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Australia’s betrayal of the global nuclear disarmament movement -theme for August 16

This week, sadly, I, and many others have to report that Australia’s history of doublespeak on nuclear disarmament  has now gone even further down the path of promoting nuclear weapons.

The Australian government did this by sabotaging the final day of the UN Open-ended Working Group on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.  It did this by attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been expected to pass unanimously.

thumbs-down Australia’s contribution.  More detail on this can be found in several recent articles quoted on this website
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August 27, 2016 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes, politics international, weapons and war | Leave a comment

NUCLEAR POWER, NUCLEAR WEAPONS and WAR – theme for August 2016

Now I  am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientist and “father of the bomb”

On the morning of 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy” was dropped by the United States on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later the United States dropped a plutonium bomb code-named “Fat Man” on the city of Nagasaki. 140,000 people (almost all civilians) died in Hiroshima either immediately or within a few days. Deaths in Nagasaki were about 74,000. The survivors lived on, some with horrifying burns scars, some to die of radiation-induced illnesses

Following the war, many scientists involved in the atomic bomb project, turned to the “atoms for peace” program – nuclear power. They did this partly out of guilt, partly to continue to be employed. (Where would a nuclear physicist get a job, otherwise? Well, some were happy to continue with nuclear weapons development)

Nuclear weapons are an inevitable by-product of the nuclear power industry

August 6, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes | 1 Comment

Nuclear weapons and war – the Australian involvement – theme for August 2016

In 2016 Australia faces a further step into involvement in nuclear weapons and the American military encirclement of the globe.  We’ve long had those connections, with Pine Gap and the US military buildup in Darwin.

The South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission ushers in a whole new phase.

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s (NFCRC’s) Terms of References specifically excluded exploration of the military uses of nuclear materials. It is customary to appoint a legal expert, usually a retired judge. Why then did the government  appoint two senior military officials to positions of Commissioner and Chief of Staff?

Is there a military connection to South Australia’s nuclear waste plan, that we haven’t been told about?

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The plan to buy French submarines, that could later be converted to nuclear submarines has been linked with the NFCRC project, as Dan Monceaux has detailed in his submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry.

Another big worry is the apparent inability of Australia’s politicians, especially the ruling Liberal Coalition, to understand the contradictory position that they put us in. Enthusiastic support of USA’s militarism towards China, is a dangerous attitude for Australia to take, and most unwise, with China being our top trading partner.

July 29, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear weapons – Australia’s role – theme for August 2016

Australia has long been part of the USA’s nuclear war strategy.  Pine Gap, USA’s secret facility in Central Australia, has since 1966 been  a centre for espionage and for co-ordination of US air strikes. It has been part of America’s “Star Wars” plan to put missiles into space. American congressmen have made $millions from their investments in Defense Department contracts in Pine Gap, and can tour Pine Gap.  But Australian Members of Parliament are denied entry.

Recently, Australia’s role in the USA’s nuclear war strategy has been stepped up. A new base, at Exmouth. added to the Northwest Cape joint communications base, for increased tracking of missiles and satellites, and potentially for cyber warfare. U.S. Military equipment  stationed in Darwin and Townsville. There will be increased visits from U.S. military ships, and more U.S. military exercises in Australia.

Being part of the American nuclear war machine makes a hypocrisy out of Australia’s supposed posture against nuclear weapons.

As an exporter of uranium, Australia plays a key part in nuclear weapons. There are no effective safeguards against uranium being used for weapons,  – no real barrier between the “peaceful atom” and the “military atom”

July 28, 2016 Posted by | Christina themes | 2 Comments

The Nuclear Industry and Indigenous People -theme for July 16

Mary-Kathleen-Uranium-mine-Indigenous people continue to bear the brunt of nuclear toxicity. It started with uranium mining – of course, on indigenous land in rural areas, in USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia, Germany , India,  and of course to provide nuclear weapons material.

Then came the nuclear bomb tests – on remote rural indigenous lands and islands

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Indigenous peoples either stayed on their polluted lands, as uranium mining continued, or were removed from bomb tests sites, unable to return.
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This Radioactive pollution remains today, from uranium mining in many countries – but always on or close to indigenous lands. The nuclear bomb test sites remain too radioactive for the indigenous people to return home.

Uranium mining and milling, nuclear bomb tests and radioactive wastes ... Russia is Mayak Russiasecretive about its nuclear wastes. They used to dump it in oceans, as  did the French and others. Russia is notorious for its extremely polluted remote area at Mayak, where the rural people suffer the health legacy to this day

The “developed” world realises that something must be done with the growing amounts of radioactive trash.

Where to dump it?  That’s a “developed society” no brainer waste on indigenous
– ON INDIGENOUS LAND, of course.  There’s now a movement to export radioactive trash to remote rural areas, such as the Aboriginal lands of Australia

Next week we will look at the indigenous fight against the nuclear industry

 

July 9, 2016 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Christina themes | 1 Comment

Indigenous Australians versus the nuclear industry – a story of successes – theme for July 16

The Kungkas wrote in an open letter: “People said that you can’t win against the Government. Just a few women. We just kept talking and telling them to get their ears out of their pockets and listen. We never said we were going to give up. Government has big money to buy their way out but we never gave up.”

In 1963, Aboriginal people of East Arhem Land created ochre-framed bark petitions adorned with the clan designs of all that was threatened by mining – from the snakes to the sand dunes. These petitions  against mining paved the way for the Indigenous land rights movement. These were the  first traditional documents to be recognised by the Australian Parliament.

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In  1966 Vincent Lingiari led the walk-off of ­Gurindji people from Wave Hill station , leading to l Whitlam’s historic land rights declaration in 1975. The indigenous people’s struggle for their land has never ceased.  The focus for this fight for over 40 years was the Tent Embassy, established in Canberra in 1972, to protest against a court decision over mining operations on Aboriginal land.

Without financial resources, but with clear determination, Aboriginal people have fought and won many battles, especially against mining , with protests, and legal action.

On the nuclear front, outstanding victories include the  Cape York Olkola people’s three-decade struggle against uranium mining,  the Mirrarr people’s success in preventing further uranium mining at Ranger, in Northern Territory, and Jeffrey Lee’s remarkable action in preventing AREVA from further uranium mining in Kakadu National Park

In stopping nuclear waste dump plans for South Australia, in 2004  the battle was led by the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, a council of senior Aboriginal women from northern SA. Aboriginal women led the 7 year battle to prevent nuclear waste dumping at Muckaty, Northern Territory.

I hope that White Australia will gather strength in opposition to the latest onslaught from the nuclear lobby – the nefarious Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission’s plan for South Australia as the global radioactive trash toilet.  Very few indigenous people will be taken in by the slick spin and bribery of the nuclear lobby. Those strong, intelligent indigenous people who continue their determined fight, need all the support they can get from the rest of us.

June 30, 2016 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes | Leave a comment